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  1. Lobbying

    of Lobby

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  1. Lobbying

    Lobbying is the act of attempting to influence decisions made by officials in the government, most often legislators or members of regulatory agencies. Lobbying is done by many different types of people and organized groups, including individuals in the private sector, corporations, fellow legislators or government officials, or advocacy groups. Lobbyists may be among a legislator's constituencies, meaning a voter or bloc of voters within his or her electoral district, or not; they may engage in lobbying as a business, or not. Professional lobbyists are people whose business is trying to influence legislation on behalf of a group or individual who hires them. Individuals and nonprofit organizations can also lobby as an act of volunteering or as a small part of their normal job. Governments often define and regulate organized group lobbying that has become influential. The ethics and morality of lobbying are dual-edged. Lobbying is often spoken of with contempt, when the implication is that people with inordinate socioeconomic power are corrupting the law in order to serve their own conflict of interest. But another side of lobbying is making sure that others' interests are duly defended against others' corruption, or even simply making sure that minority interests are fairly defended against mere tyranny of the majority. For example, a medical association, or a trade association of health insurance companies, may lobby a legislature in order to counteract the influence of tobacco companies, in which case the lobbying would be viewed by most people as justified. The difficulty in drawing objective lines between which lobbyists are "good lobbyists" and which ones are "bad ones" is compounded by the cleverness with which lobbyists or their clients can speciously argue that their own lobbying is of the "good" kind. At heart, the effort to influence legislation is a power struggle. As in other forms of power struggle, such as war or law enforcement, motives range from predation to self-defense to fighting for justice, and the dividing line between predation and justice is subject to rationalization.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Lobbying

    A process whereby representatives of a particular interest group attempt to influence governmental decision makers to accept the policy desires of the lobbying organization.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Lobbying in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Lobbying in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of Lobbying in a Sentence

  1. Lisa Gilbert:

    If the plan is as currently being reported, this policy goes further than we have ever seen in a presidential ethics plan, it will crackdown on shadow lobbying jobs, end golden parachutes intended to seat corporate insiders in government, and halt the rapidly spinning revolving door.

  2. Stewart McLaurin:

    We would say we are not lobbying for this at all, it is just a consideration we make. We want to be respectful of every first lady's role, and our role is to be supportive of White House on behalf of the American people.

  3. Taylor Dumpson:

    People think about protests and advocacy or lobbying or different things, but litigation can also be a tool for social change.

  4. Dan Harsha:

    It seemed pretty clear (the center) was just a front for Yanukovych, it wasn't just an independent think tank in Europe. There are not too many nonprofits with the wherewithal or the resources to hire perhaps the most prestigious Democratic lobbying group.

  5. Todd Bensman:

    The only thing that's really, obviously problematic about these migrant advocacy groups, these nonprofits – they’re out there lobbying for money, for the migrants and for policies that increase the number of migrants, so when you say ‘ We're doing this out of the goodness of our hearts and all in the service of the Lord.' It's also in the service of their bottom lines.

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